Grilled Bratwurst with Shoestring Gremolata Fries

  • Serves

    serves 4


Pickled cauliflower, spiced with coriander, turmeric, mustard seeds, and bay leaf, is a great accompaniment to grilled bratwurst. It also makes a fine partner for grilled pork chops.


  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 14 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 12 lb. russet potatoes, peeled
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 2 (12-oz.) bottles beer, preferably lager
  • 1 small yellow onion, quartered
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 4 bratwurst (about 3⁄4 lbs.)
  • 4 New England–style hot dog buns
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • Dijon mustard, as needed
  • 1 pint Pickled Cauliflower


Step 1

Pour enough oil into a 12-quart pot so that it reaches a depth of 1". Heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer inserted in the oil registers 375°. Make a gremolata by mixing parsley, garlic, and lemon zest in a large bowl; set aside. Over a kitchen towel, julienne potatoes lengthwise using the narrowest setting of a French mandoline. Pat julienned potatoes dry with the towel.

Step 2

Working in 2 batches, fry potatoes in oil until crisp, 6–10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer fries to a paper towel–lined bowl. Season with salt. (Bring oil to 375° before frying second batch.) Transfer fries to bowl of gremolata; toss to coat fries evenly. (Serve hot or at room temperature.)

Step 3

Build a medium-hot charcoal fire in a grill or heat a gas grill to medium-high. Meanwhile, bring beer, onions, cloves, and 1 cup water to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan. Boil bratwurst in beer until almost cooked through, about 5 minutes. Drain.

Step 4

Grill bratwurst, turning once, until browned, about 6 minutes. Using tongs, transfer bratwurst to a plate. Brush buns with the butter and grill until toasted and golden brown. Serve the bratwurst in the buns, slathered with mustard and garnished with the pickled cauliflower, alongside the fries.

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